University of Philippines Manila

Proactive visit to Tarlac empowers UPM-SHS students, strengthens ties with PGU

UP Manila (UPM) Chancellor Dr. Michael L. Tee engaged in a proactive visit to the Province of Tarlac on January 12, 2024, immersing himself in the University of the Philippines-Manila School of Health Sciences (SHS) Tarlac student community and forging stronger ties with the provincial government unit (PGU) of the province. Accompanying Chancellor Tee were UPM SHS Dean Dr. Filedito D. Tandinco, Campus Planning and Development Office Chief Architect Rosalie G. Flores-Bernardo, and Dr. Ricardo P. Ramos, Consultant, Tarlac Integrated Provincial Health Office.

The Chancellor made the SHS Tarlac campus his first stop, embarked on a comprehensive school tour, delved into the academic environment, and interacted with students. This pre-consultation initiative reflects a genuine commitment to address the needs and concerns of the student body, laying the groundwork for a thoughtful and informed discussion.

Thereafter, the Chancellor, his team, and Dr. Ramos, accompanied by SHS Tarlac Director Pedro M. Magadan proceeded to the Provincial Capitol of Tarlac to pay a courtesy visit to the Governor, the Honorable Susan A. Yap, wherein they discussed the collective vision of the attendees, emphasizing an innovative and inclusive approach to healthcare. A focal point of the dialogue was the diversification of healthcare offerings in Tarlac, including the important incorporation of radiology and other medical courses in order to cultivate a diverse pool of healthcare professionals.

The visit of the Chancellor and his team underscores the importance of direct engagement in fostering a supportive educational environment and reinforcing ties with the PGU. By immersing himself in the day-to-day experiences of the students and meeting with the province’s administrators, the Chancellor demonstrates his “handson approach” to leadership and partnership, paving the way for an open dialogue that aims to address unique challenges and aspirations effectively.

Richard Pajarillo, Kathleen Tabucol, and Paulina Narciso Pangan

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